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Stage strategies (Part 2)

Tweet The second group of strategies he call dividing the stage: Windows are the easiest way to divide the stage. By using windows on the backdrop (as talked about in THE STAGE), where a mask can look out, we work … Read the rest of this entry



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Stage strategies (Part 1)

Tweet Whether we believe in Commedia dell’Arte as in totally improvised genre or not, there is always an element of improvisation in it. As an actor one can only be in control of two other elements at the same time. … Read the rest of this entry



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Prolog or opening in Commedia dell’Arte

Tweet The introduction to a Commedia dell’Arte show in very important. It does not only have to present the different masks so that a modern audience will know them at an early stage in the show, it must also introduce … Read the rest of this entry



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Lazzo in Commedia dell’Arte

Tweet This might be the most known term in Commedia dell’Arte, though it is hardly known at all to those who are not involved in Commedia dell’Arte. It is not used anywhere else, but very often used in Commedia dell’Arte. … Read the rest of this entry



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Canovaccio in Commedia dell’Arte

Tweet If we go back to the heydays of Commedia dell’Arte the concept of canovaccio becomes more complicated. It was used both as a full scenario or just a plotline in a scenario. The word means “what’s on the canvas”. … Read the rest of this entry



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The scenario in Commedia dell’Arte (Part 2)

Tweet The scenes in a scenario changes as a new mask enters the stage, but not when a mask leaves the stage. Let’s call this Italian scene division in contrast to French scene division, where they change scenes in both … Read the rest of this entry



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The scenario in Commedia dell’Arte (Part 1)

Tweet The word scenario comes from the Greek word “skene” and means stage. It is not used in the early days of Commedia dell’Arte. Instead words as centone, soggetto or just commedia as well as canovaccio that has its own … Read the rest of this entry



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Parody in Commedia dell’Arte

Tweet A common convention in Commedia dell’Arte, with very old ancestries, is the habit of mock and parody other groups and colleagues. This tradition goes back to the times when several groups were performing from their carts and wagons at … Read the rest of this entry



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Hierarchies and status play in Commedia dell’Arte

Tweet Commedia dell’Arte also built on the play with status. It is the old master/servant relation, where Pantalone and Dottore are the highest ranked and the zanni the lowest. In between them is Capitano who represents the military power, is … Read the rest of this entry



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Frenzy in Commedia dell’Arte

Tweet When we talk about frenzy it has much to do with the organization of a canovaccio. We can build a canovaccio where the energy itself plays the main part. Surprise after surprise until the frenzy reaches its peak. This … Read the rest of this entry



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